AT&T confirms shutdown of 2G network, freeing up spectrum for LTE and 5G

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AT&T has confirmed the shutdown of its GSM network from 01 January, freeing up spectrum for LTE and 5G services.
“Today, our 3G and 4G LTE networks cover 99% of Americans,” John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of technology and operations, wrote in an AT&T blog post. “By shutting down our 2G network, this frees up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G. In the next few months, we plan to repurpose that spectrum for LTE.”
AT&T said that the telco has worked for four years to transition customers with 2G phones to the newer networks, offering discounts and free devices in some cases.